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Love watching movies and TV shows? If a trip to the cinema is a hassle, you can always opt for streaming platforms. Thanks to the explosion of online content distribution, you can now watch movies and TV shows anywhere, anytime. Already subscribed to Netflix? Check out these other TV streaming services available in Hong Kong!
Netflix is perhaps the most famous subscription streaming service in Hong Kong. As of September 2020, it has 34.8 million subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region. Founded in 1997, the streaming service has become a major film distributor, with its original content going on to be nominated in renowned film awards like the Academy Awards. Some of the Netflix titles that took the world by storm include Squid Game, Stranger Things, and Money Heist.
Disney+ primarily distributes works produced by Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television, serving as a content hub for its Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic titles. Compared to other services on this list, Disney+ is relatively new, having launched in the US in 2019. It was only made available to Hong Kong viewers in 2021. Popular titles include any of the original Marvel shows, such as WandaVision, Loki, and Hawkeye, and from the Star Wars universe, like Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian.
Viu is the pride and joy of Hong Kong when it comes to video streaming services. Headquartered in the city, Viu delivers content in different genres from Asia’s top content providers with local language subtitles. It also produces original series under its “Viu Original” initiative. Since its expansion, Viu is now available in 16 markets across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Viu also airs remakes of popular titles across Asia.
Apple TV+ debuted in 2019 and was instantly available in 100 markets. Owned by tech giant Apple, the streaming service offers a selection of original film and television content called “Apple Originals.” It has been noteworthy for producing critically-acclaimed works such as Ted Lasso, which bagged an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Coda, which took home Best Picture at the Oscars. Among other highlights, most of Apple TV+’s content is available in Dolby Vision and Atmos for maximum viewing pleasure.
While HBO Max is not yet available in Hong Kong, HBO Go serves as an interim service. This allows subscribers of HBO to access its programming catalogue via the HBO website, mobile apps, and other digital media players. Titles that you can watch include House of the Dragon, Westworld, Euphoria, and many others. If you’re yearning for the full service, we’ve got good news: HBO Max is expected to launch in Asia—including Hong Kong—in mid-2024.
Amazon Prime, or simply Prime Video, provides a streaming service and primarily distributes content produced by Amazon Studios, including “Amazon Originals.” It operates worldwide, excluding six markets, since 2016. Well-known titles from the Amazon Prime catalogue include the newly released The Rings of Power, The Boys, and The Wheel of Time.
If you’re looking for more Asian content, iQiyi is your best bet. This video streaming service is headquartered in Singapore and provides pan-Asian entertainment to viewers, including dramas, movies, variety shows, and Japanese animations. Recently, it has started creating original content and in 2019, its paid subscribing members reached 100 million.